|Second Division B - play-offs, semi-finals, second leg|
Eibar beat L'Hospitalet 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final and will play the winners of the game between Rayo Vallecano and Portuense in the group D final. It was a controversial game, the referee awarding the first goal to the locals midway through the second half when Codina's shot bounced down off the bar, even though cameras showed the ball didn't cross the line. Rebollo picked up a rebound to score a second though near the end to put the game beyond the reach of the Catalans. (09.06.07)
The play-off finals are now all confirmed after Sunday's games. In group A, Sevilla Atlético are through after overturning a 1-0 first leg defeat, beating Universidad Las Palmas 4-0. Youth international Diego Capel was the star of the match, setting up the first for Juan Pablo and scoring the second himself on the stroke of half time, and Pablo Sánchez added two more later on in the second half. The Sevilla B side will play Burgos, who won through 5-4 on a penalty shoot out after drawing 0-0 with Alcoyano. The Castilla-León based side couldn't convert any of their many chances, even after Baixauli was sent off for the visitors after the break, but keeper Iván Gómez saved Garrido's spot kick at the sudden death stage to take them through.
Córdoba qualified for the group B final on the away goal rule after coming from two down to draw 2-2 at Pontevedra. Dani put through his own net from an early corner, and when Víctor got a second for the Galicians with only a quarter of an hour gone it looked to be all over. But Asen headed in two goals before the break to the great delight to the 500 or so fans who had made the long journey from Andalusia. Their opponents will be Huesca after the Aragón based club beat Palencia 2-1. Two goals in four minutes midway through the first half from Valdés and Rangel put the home side well ahead, but a headed goal from Koeman on the stroke of half time put the result in doubt right up to the final whistle.
A penalty shoot out as well at Linares, where the locals lost 3-4 on spot kicks to Racing Ferrol after a 2-0 win had cancelled out the first leg result. Goals from Dani Bouzas and Postigo in the last half hour took the game into extra time and then penalties, but Cidoncha fired the last spot kick against the post to keep the Galicians on track for a quick return to the second division. Their group C final will be against Alicante, who beat Real Unión 2-0 in extra time. The East coast side levelled the tie when Borja forced Berruet to put through his own net shortly before the interval, and Eloi picked up an assist from Calderón to score the winner with seven minutes of extra time remaining.
Finally Rayo Vallecano will be the rivals of Eibar in the group D final after a nail biting 2-2 draw with newly promoted Portuense. Pepe Mel's side only made sure of going through with an injury time strike from Diego Torres, despite the two goal advantage from the first leg. Piti (on loan from Hércules) opened the scoring for the hosts after Benítez set him up, but two goals from Zuñiga either side of half time took the Andalusians to within a goal of turning the tie around.
The two remaining relegation spots were also confirmed today. The Valencia B side Valencia Mestalla will be one of the teams relegated to the regional third division after they could only draw 1-1 with Valladolid B, Guerra's early goal being cancelled out by Jordi at the start of the second half. And ex first division side Extremadura will be joining them after they too could only draw 1-1 with Pájara Playas Jandía. Changui's opening goal gave them a slight hope of overturning the 3-0 first leg scoreline, but the Canary Islanders equalised through Adrián late on. (10.06.07)